Monday, August 20, 2012

Depth Concerns Emerge on D-Line

Just a note here, as we see the team move toward the opener in Florida.

There's no other way to say it except that the way teams play today, you need a bunch of d-linemen.  I don't really understand it, but if you watch a game, they rotate d-linemen constantly, almost on every play.  (The part I don't understand is why they don't do the same for o-lineman, but they don't).

So, you really need 8 d-lineman.  Coach has said the same earlier in the Fall.

BG left the Buffalo game last year and returned 5 players who had game experience:  Chris Jones, Darius Gilbert, Jarius Campbell, Ted Ouelette and Hunter Maynard.

With Gilbert's suspension and Maynard's injury, that's down to 3.

If you decided you needed a 4th, you do have true freshman Mike Minns who is listed on the roster at 317 pounds, so he could be game ready, but that appears to be about it.

So, you're left with either trying to push a three-man rotation, or moving Minns up...or, I guess, moving one of the guys from the edge inside.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out, but for our defense, it is very important.  We have to be able to stop the run and that begins up front.

One last note.  By all accounts, Chris Jones is setting up to have a beast of a season.  If that pans out, he will draw double teams, which will at least allow the other guy to have an easier assignment.

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